Samuel Richardson: Sir Charles Grandison (2130 words)

Jennie Batchelor (University of Kent at Canterbury)
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Richardson's History of Sir Charles Grandison (1753-1754), marks a significant departure from his earlier works. Though the novel, like its predecessors, is written in the epistolary mode and shares many thematic interests in common with the much-slighted but popular Pamela (1740) and the author's tragic masterpiece Clarissa (1747-1748), Grandison enacts a crucial displacement of subject and perspective. In response to entreaties from many of his attentive correspondents, and possibly as a reaction to the enthusiastic reception of Fielding's Tom Jones (1749), the increasingly ailing Richardson was driven to write a final novel centred around a “good man” rather than a good woman.

Citation: Batchelor, Jennie. "Sir Charles Grandison". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 21 March 2002 [, accessed 26 November 2022.]

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